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Ms. Dennis

Heidi Dennis

General Manager, Pelican Grand Beach Resort

As General Manager of Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Heidi Dennis is responsible for managing the resort's day-to-day success, overseeing all operational aspects for the boutique resort including everything from sales and marketing, to food and beverage, as well as budget while maximizing revenue and maintaining focus on strategic goals.

Ms. Dennis brings more than 34 years of experience as a client service professional having worked within the food & beverage, hospitality, broadcast and public service sectors spanning across the United States, the Pacific Islands and throughout Southeast Asia. Prior to Pelican Grand Beach Resort, she was the General Manager at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa in Fort Lauderdale and prior, held several different roles with Hyatt, Sheraton and Marriott franchises, as well as other independent properties, including assistant general manager, front office manager, rooms manager and F&B director.

In addition to her hospitality leadership within the United States, Ms. Dennis has held esteemed positions internationally. On the tropical Pacific Island of Saipan, she served as the Chairman of the American Red Cross for the Mariana Islands, General Manager of the largest radio station, as well as the on-air personality for her own morning radio show. She helped the development and operation of several golf resorts in Vietnam and has also served as Events Chair for the American Chamber of Commerce in Ho Chi Minh City. During her time with the American Chamber of Commerce she facilitated charitable efforts of American donors including Federal Express, PepsiCo, Heart to Heart Foundation, Eli Lilly and Bank of America.

Please visit http://pelicanbeach.com for more information.

Ms. Dennis can be contacted at +1 954-568-9431 or hdennis@pelicanbeach.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.